Tomatoes can be served raw, in sandwich, on bruschetta or in salad. Cooked, they are the basic ingredient for so many delicious soups, sauces and salsas.

We present you our favorite varieties 2018. As all tastes are in nature, do not hesitate to taste other varieties and find out. And above all, enjoy the fruits of your efforts

Here are our best picks for 2018

Name

Size – Grade

Colour

Description

‘Precocibec’ Tomato

100 to 120g

Red

Variety developed in Quebec in the 1970s. Early producer with heavy yields of medium-sized fruit. Good choice as a canning tomato, ideal for northern climates.

Determinate plants: 70 cm to 1 m.

Red Candy Cherry Tomato

15 to 20g

Red

Variety producing enormous clusters of a hundred mini-tomatoes the size of a dime. Very sweet fruit, delicious in an appetizer or in salads.

Indeterminate plants – pinching suckers and staking is required.

Yellow Candy Cherry Tomato

15 to 20g

Yellow

Variety producing enormous clusters of a hundred mini tomatoes the size of a dime. Very sweet fruit, delicious in an appetizer or in salads.

Indeterminate plants – pinching suckers and staking is required.

Tutti Frutti Cherry Tomato

20 to 25g

Red

Vigorous variety producing long clusters of oval-shaped fruit. Fruit is sweet, to be enjoyed as an appetizer or in a salad.

Indeterminate plants – pinching suckers and staking is required.

Tutti Frutti Mandarin Tomato

20 to 25g

Orange

Vigorous variety producing long clusters of oval-shaped fruit. Fruit is sweet, to be enjoyed as an appetizer or in a salad.

Indeterminate plants – pinching suckers and staking is required.

Petitbec Cherry Tomato

3 to 3.5 cm

In diameter

Bright red

Quebec variety producing big clusters of 15 or more cherry-size tomatoes each.

Tangy fruit with tart aftertaste.

Small, compact, determinate plants (60 cm). Early producer.

Better Bush Tomato

200 to 250 g

Red

Variety producing medium-sized, fleshy and tasty fruit on compact, bushy, determinate plants.

Indigo Cherry Drop Cherry Tomato

20 to 30 g

Purple

Vigorous variety producing hundreds of round fruits per plant. Sweet and smoky tasting. Indeterminate plants.

Sweet Zen Cherry Tomato

14 g

Bright red

Variety producing super-sweet mini-cherries with maximum flavour. Prolific early-maturing plants with an extended harvest. Determinate plants.

Tidy Treat Cherry Tomato

2 cm

in diameter

Red

Patio variety producing an abundance of bite-sized fruit. Compact plants, ideal for container growing. Super productive all-season long. Semi-determinate plants

Sweet 100 Tomato

2.5 cm

In diameter

Red

Variety with large clusters producing hundreds of juicy, sweet, bite-sized fruits. Vine candy! Excellent for snacks, in an appetizer or salad. Indeterminate plants.

Little Napoli Tomato

30 g

Red

Patio variety producing an abundance of Roma-style fruits. Meaty, dense, oval paste tomatoes ideal for cooking and in salads. Small determinate plants.

Tomatoes, glorious tomatoes!

Tomatoes – Savour our favourite varieties

Tomatoes are incredibly versatile in the kitchen. Raw, served as-is, in a sandwich, on bruschetta or in a salad. Cooked, they are the basic ingredient for so many delicious soups, sauces and salsas.

Bruschetta:

  • 3 tomatoes, de-seeded and diced
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • ½ cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • I clove garlic, finely chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste

Mix and spread on toasted bread.

Colourful tomato salad:

  1. Combine: red, yellow, orange and purple cherry tomatoes; mini bocconcinis sliced in rounds; a few leaves of fresh basil, shredded.
  2. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
  3. Add freshly ground pepper and salt to taste.

Tomato sauce:

  1. Finely chop a medium onion then sauté in olive oil.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons chopped garlic, 15 finely diced Italian tomatoes
  3. Salt and pepper to taste and ¼ cup olive oil.
  4. Bring to the boil, reduce heat and simmer for 45 to 60 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Add ¼ cup of fresh basil, chopped, and continue to simmer for 5 minutes.
  6. Purée the sauce until smooth with a hand blender, if you wish.

You now know everything there is to know about growing tomatoes, from seeds to harvest, in containers or in open earth. Enjoy!